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In A First, Myanmar Hands Over 22 Terrorists To India After Ajit Doval Maneuvers

The deportation is being seen as a huge success for India’s back-door diplomacy.



NEW DELHI: IN A MAJOR SUCCESS for India, Myanmar army today handed over 22 militants from North East India, including top UNLF and NDFB commanders to India. These militants hail mostly from Assam and Manipur.

The militants were brought by a special flight, and the entire operation was led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The deportation is being seen as a huge success for back-door diplomacy as it clearly indicates that Naypyidaw is in sync with New Delhi on dealing with insurgents.

The handing over of the insurgents by Myanmar Army is part of the united operations carried out by India and Myanmar against the separatist outfits in Myanmar.

This is in a first when the Myanmar government has acted on India’s request to hand over the leaders of the northeast insurgents groups.

The insurgents who have been brought back include NDFB (S) “home secretary” Rajen Daimary, Sanatomba Ningthoujam of UNLF, and Pashuram Laishram of PREPAK.

“The handing of the insurgents over to India by Myanmar is possibly the result of backdoor diplomacy,” a senior functionary in government states.

According to him, in January last year, the military of Myanmar had carried out a series of operations against insurgents from India’s northeast. A number of them were apprehended and some were also jailed. “Myanmar security forces were given precise and accurate location on insurgents by Indian security agencies,” he adds.

NSA Doval has been working with Myanmar military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing to get the insurgents deported for the last one year.

According to Indian security agencies, most insurgent groups in the northeast operate from Myanmar soil as it is considered as a safe haven. They have their camps there where they train newly-recruited members.

“These 22 insurgents who have been handed back were nabbed in an operation by Myanmar army in Sagaing Region last year in February/March,” explains an officer on the northeast desk.

Twelve of the insurgents who have been brought back are from Manipur. They belong to groups such as United National Liberation Front (UNLF), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL).

Of the remaining 10, five are from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) and the others from Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO).

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Indian Air Force Operationalises 2nd Squadron Of Indigenous Combat Aircraft Tejas

The supersonic combat aircraft is considered the lightest and the smallest of its kind.



COIMBATORE (Tamil Nadu): The Indian Air Force has operationalised its new squadron “Number-18 – Flying Bullets” with the Light Combat Aircraft LCA Tejas yesterday. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria launched it at the Sulur airbase near Coimbatore.

The Tejas Mk-1 inducted into the No.18 Squadron (Flying Bullets) — the only Param Vir Chakra Squadron of the IAF — was manufactured at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bengaluru.

Addressing the gathering, Bhadauria said the IAF will now on rely on indigenous products rather than foreign ones.

We must synergise private sector firms and MSMEs to grab the opportunity of indigenous production for the IAF,” he said.

The Flying Bullets serves as the second Indian Air Force squadron to operate with the modern multi-role fighter aircraft LCA Tejas. The first squadron to operate with the aircraft known as the Number-45 Flying Daggers is also headquartered at the same base.

The indigenously developed light fighter aircraft LCA Tejas is certified with the “Full Operational Clearance” standard. It is a tailless, fourth generation, compound delta-wing aircraft developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

It is equipped with a fly-by-wire flight control system, integrated digital avionics and multimode radar. Its structure is made of composite material.

The supersonic combat aircraft is considered the lightest and the smallest of its kind. Their new home, the Flying Bullets squadron, was initially formed in 1965 and has the distinction of being the first to land in and operate from Srinagar.

It was decorated with the highest gallantry medal Param Veer Chakra which was awarded posthumously to its Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon for his valiant action during the 1971 war with Pakistan.

The squadron has been revived on the 1st April this year at the Sulur base. It is set to further augment India’s defence of her air frontiers.

The No 18 Squadron, formed in 1965 with the motto “Teevra aur Nirbhaya” meaning “Swift and Fearless,” was earlier flying MiG 27 aircraft.

The Squadron “actively participated” in the 1971 war with Pakistan and was decorated with the highest gallantry award Param Vir Chakra awarded to Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon posthumously.

It earned the sobriquet of ‘Defenders of Kashmir Valley’ by being the first to land and operate from Srinagar. The squadron was presented with the President’s Standard in November 2015.

The Squadron was resurrected on April 1 this year at Sulur.

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Raksha Mantri Commissions Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sachet’, Two Interceptor Boats

It is for the first time in Indian maritime history that a ship was commissioned through the digital medium.



NEW DELHI: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and two interceptor boats (IBs) C-450 and C-451 in Goa via video conference from here today. The ICGS Sachet, the first in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has been designed & built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment.

‘Sachet’, meaning alert, is a projection of will and commitment of ICG ‘to be ever vigilant for serving and protecting’ the maritime interest of the Nation. The ICGS Sachet is being commanded by Deputy Inspector General Rajesh Mittal and manned by 11 Officers and 110 men.

It is for the first time in Indian maritime history that a ship was commissioned through the digital medium, maintaining strict protocol of social distancing in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.

The 105-metre-long ship ‘Sachet’ displaces approximately 2,350 tons and is propelled by two 9,100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots, with an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles.

The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest equipment and systems, provides her with the capability to perform the role of a command platform and undertake tasks to fulfil the ICG charter.

The ship is designed to carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and search & rescue operations.

The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea.

The IBs C-450 and C-451 are indigenously designed & built by Larsen & Toubro Shipyard Hazira, and fitted with latest navigation and communication equipment.

The two 30-metre-long boats are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 45 knots and designed for a high-speed interception, close coast patrol and low-intensity maritime operations.

The quick response capability of the IBs makes it an ideal platform to respond and thwart any emerging maritime situation.

The ships are commanded by Assistant Commandant Gaurav Kumar Gola and Assistant Commandant Akin Zutshi.

The Coast Guard has been a pioneer in inducting indigenous assets which have enabled it to remain operationally available throughout the year.

In continuation of maximising the indigenous content in the IBs has about 70 per cent of indigenous contents, thus providing the necessary fillip to the Indian shipbuilding industry.

The ships, on joining the Coast Guard fleet, will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, coastal security and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to safeguard the maritime interests of the Nation.

With the commissioning of these ships, the ICG has reached a landmark 150 ships & Boats and 62 aircraft.

Further, 40 ships are in various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyards and 16 advanced light helicopters are under production at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bengaluru, which will provide the added strength to the surveillance capabilities of ICG to deal with the ever-dynamic maritime challenges.

The ICG has to its credit of saving about 400 lives at sea, 4,500 lives as part of assistance rendered to civil authorities and undertook 32 medical evacuations in the year 2019 alone.

The deterrence created by the ICG is not limited to the Indian waters, but collaboration with friendly littoral states as per provisions of bilateral cooperation agreements resulted in successful apprehension and seizure of drugs in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

The real-time information sharing, close coordination and understanding between ICG and other international agencies have been the key success of these operations.

Hawk-eye vigil of the Indian EEZ has ensured seizure of Rs 2,000 crore contraband, detainment of 30 foreign fishing vessels with 119 miscreants for fishing illegally in Indian waters during the same period.

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COVID-19: 135 CRPF Troops In Delhi Test Coronavirus Positive; More Results Awaited

CRPF Additional Director General Jawed Akhtar’s stenographer tested positive for Covid-19 early Sunday.



NEW DELHI: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarter in Delhi was sealed on Sunday after a staff associated with a senior official tested positive for the novel coronavirus. CRPF Additional Director General Jawed Akhtar’s stenographer tested positive for Covid-19 early Sunday.

With that, the number of COVID-positive personnel in a Delhi-based battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the country’s largest paramilitary force, has risen to 135. As many as 480 personnel were tested from the 31st Battalion for COVID-19. Of the 458 test reports out so far, 135 tested positive and 323 negative from the Battalion.

ALL of the affected men belong to the 31st battalion of the paramilitary, based in Mayur Vihar Phase-III area of the national capital, that has been entirely sealed after the huge numbers of the COVID-19 infection started building up over the last few days. The 31st Battalion is one of the largest contingents of CRPF.

Personnel of this unit were deployed for rendering law and order duties along with Delhi Police in the recent past.

The force is investigating all these angles apart from an instance where it was claimed that the nursing attendant was not kept under strict quarantine in the battalion camp, leading to the spread of the infection.

Jawed Akhtar and 10 other personnel have been home-quarantined, even as authorities began contact-tracing of all the personnel who came in contact with the staffer at the headquarter building.

Earlier, CRPF DG AP Maheshwari had spent 21 days in self-quarantine after coming in indirect contact with a patient. He had later tested negative.

A mobile coronavirus testing lab has been stationed on the premises of the battalion to ensure quick collection of samples.

A special sanitisation drive is being conducted on the campus and in its vicinity, the officials said.

The brighter side is that the maximum of these infected troopers are asymptomatic and it is expected that they will be cured soon, the senior official said.

The personnel are admitted to an isolation facility of the Delhi government at Mandoli.

Twelve troopers had tested positive on Friday and a 55-year-old Sub-Inspector of this unit had succumbed to the disease early this week.


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